Disaster as 5 Zambian nurses and doctors test positive for coronavirus as covid-19 cases rise to 70


Zambia records 5 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24hrs

The Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya has said out of 322 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, five cases have turned out positive.

Speaking during his routine national updates, on coronavirus, Chilufya said the total now stands at 70 cases.

Apparently, all the 5 new cases are health workers under quarantine. The nurses were stationed at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital in Lusaka.

They are currently in an isolation facility after being tested as part of the routine medical surveillance program conducted after two weeks duty placement.

This brings the total number of affected health workers to 8.

According to the minister; all the affected healthcare workers are in stable condition.

The Minister said government is also retraining and reorienting health workers who are in the front line on case management of the COVID-19.

He said government has also assigned a senior member of staff at each health facility to enforce compliance on infection prevention among health workers.

Dr. Chilufya also said the country has adequate personal protective equipment for health workers to ensure that there is NO disruption in the fight against the disease.

Meanwhile, the Minister said the Ministry of Health is investigating a suspicious death of a 52-year-old, who died shortly after being admitted to UTH. Dr. Chilufya said the Choma resident was asthmatic.

Earlier, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya is happy that many Zambians are complying with the Presidential directive of wearing masks in public places. Ms. Siliya, who took a drive around Lusaka this morning, said she saw most people wearing masks.

The Minister also said she is happy that there were few people at burial sites.

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